Magnesium for Migraines

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   Posted 8/31/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!  I know that I have read much on here about taking big doses of Magnesium to help migraines.  I have gone back and searched postings and I just can't find what I am looking for.
Can someone tell me what the recommended dosage is?  Also, is it used as a preventative or abortive (I would assume preventatitive)?  Is the dosage based on age, weight or what?
Thanks for any and all help.  Hope everyone is having a migraine free day.  We had storms here last night - I worked all night and started out with a headache.  As the night progressed, my headache just got worse and worse.  When I got home early this morning, I loaded up on all of my meds (Relpax, prednisone, zofran, dilaudid) and went to bed.  When I woke, all better!!!!  I hate taking all the meds but I sure love not waking up to my day being all about vomiting, pain ,etc. and then having to make a decision whether or not to ruin my husband and children's day by going to the ER.  So........I am sure that taking all these meds is not the best but for me, it has been working great!!!!!
DX:  Migraines since June, 2006, kidney stones
RX:  Daily - Verapamil, Trileptal
PRN:  Relpax, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Lortab, Lidocaine Nasal Spray

Mary B.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/31/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Occasionally I check in on the headache forums. I practice neurology and specialize in headaches. We recommend 400 mg of Mag per day but I have a few patients going up to 600 or 800.
Main side effect is diarrhea at first but it is dose dependent..lower the dose if needed.
I do give it to adolescents and they seem to do better on it than adults.
We also rec feverfew, and B2 400 mg per day.  All can be found in a combo Migralief or Migranex.
Recent studies are looking at Butterbur but I haven't seen any great conclusions yet.
Good luck
Mary Kay

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   Posted 9/1/2007 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mary Betz,

Welcome to Healing Well. It is good to have someone aboard who is in the know about headache!

take care

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   Posted 9/1/2007 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
This Message if for Mary Betz

I am 30 years old and my first migraine headache was when I was in grade one. So I have been dealing with them for many years. about 15 years ago my doc put me on Inderal (propranonal) which seemed to help alot. I woudl get them but not as often as I was. My hubby and I are trying to have a baby and we went to the fertility clinic and the doc there told me to get off of the inderal. So I am trying to wean myself off of it. I am really quite nervous about it because its been like a security blanket for me as Ive been on it for so long. Do you think there will be side effects from lowering my dose. HAve you seen people that hve been on this med for a long time and then have gotten off of it with success.
I would love to hear from you

Mary B.
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   Posted 9/9/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
To teacher girl,
Well I can't make a recommendation based on your individual condition but I would advise that you get a headache specialist involved in your care.
In my area, we see the pregnant migraineurs and coordinate with their OB's. Usually the ob's don't want the pts on anything, but I have found that Inderal is acceptable for most patients to use. As always we try to avoid anything during the 1st trimester.
Who knows..maybe you will be one of the lucky ones...70% of pts improve and have no headaches during pregnancy! 
Check the American Headache Society for clinicians in your area..
Good Luck!
PS..I will take back what I posted about Migranex..I recently found out that it is NOT a magnesium preparation..therefore only Migralief is recommended..
Mary Kay
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